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7th Grade English!


3/22/19: Each group was assigned a discussion topic. All groups finished reading The Giver. Students have one more period Monday to prepare their final discussions.

3/21/19: Students began reading chapters 17 - 23 and we went over the discussion topics.

3/20/19: Students presented their Sameness speeches and received their final groups for this novel.

3/19/19: Students took the YRBS survey.

3/18/19: Students finished their Sameness speeches.

3/15/19: Students continued reading this section of chapters and writing their Sameness speeches. They have one more class period to complete this.

3/14/19: Students received the directions for the Sameness speeches. These are due by the end of class Monday, along with being finished with chapter 16.

3/13/19: Some students opted to share their stories. We began chapters 12 - 16 in new groups.

3/12/19: Students worked on the descriptive writing assignment (The Giver memory story). Most students will need to finish at home.

3/11/19: Students facilitated their discussions. Some classes were able to get new groups and learn about the descriptive writing assignment.

3/8/19: Students completed chapter 11 and prepared their group's discussion.

3/7/19: Students received the discussion question they're focusing on and continued making progress on the chapters.

3/6/19: I reviewed what students learned last year about The Hero's Journey. Students then continued reading chapters 7 - 11. Students have to the end of the week to finish chapter 11 and prepare a discussion on a question they will receive tomorrow.

3/5/19: Students facilitated discussions based on their lens. Students picked new groups and began reading chapter 7.

3/1/19: All groups finished reading chapter 6 and preparing their discussion based on their lens.

2/28/19: Students continued working in groups on chapters 1 - 6 of The Giver.

2/27/19: Each group was assigned a lens today. Students continued through the first quarter of the novel. Each group will be finished with chapter 6 and have prepared a discussion based on their lens by the end of class Friday.

2/26/19: Students received their WDC essay rubrics back and we began work on The Giver.

2/25/19: Students cleaned out their binders from Warriors Don't Cry and we did a prereading discussion for the Giver.

2/15/19: Students finished and submitted their essays today.

2/14/19: Students continued editing their essays.

2/13/19: Students have the rest of the week to complete their introductions and conclusions and edit their work. All students should thoroughly check the grading and editing checklists (linked below) before submitting to Google Classroom.

2/12/19: We learned about introductions and conclusions. Between now and Friday, students need to complete all their paragraphs and edit thoroughly.

2/11/19: Students participated in peer review of their remaining body paragraphs today. Grading and editing checklists are available.

2/8/19: Students completed drafting all of their body paragraphs.

2/7/19: Students made progress on the remainder of their body paragraphs. All body paragraphs must be done by Monday.

2/6/19: Students met with their writing partners to revise their body paragraph. Students then moved on to their remaining body paragraphs.

2/5/19: Today students began drafting their body paragraphs. We went over their Vulture's Flight feedback and reviewed the model body paragraph.

2/4/19: Students had one last day to complete body paragraph organizers.

2/1/19: Students continued working on their body paragraph organizers. Happy Q3!

1/31/19: Students started finding evidence for their essays. They filled out organizers for their body paragraphs. (Blank version under 1/28). The word bank referenced on the sheet is here.

1/30/19: Students finished their outlines today and many moved on to finding evidence. They wrote their quotes on an organizer they will use to build their paragraphs.

1/29/19: Students used a model outline to create a road map for their essays.

1/28/19: Students presented either their discussion response or their found poem. If the class had time, we began our Warriors essay. These will be due February 15th.

1/25/19: We completed our work on the discussion questions and found poem. Each student will present one on Monday.

1/24/19: All students got their questions approved today and we had our "snowball fight." Students then had time to begin answering the discussion question they received and continuing on their found poem.

1/23/19: We spent some time reflecting on the project process and viewing each other's projects. Students then continued to work on their found poem and get their discussion questions approved.

1/22/19: We watched a clip from the Oprah Winfrey show of the Little Rock Nine in 1996. We began our discussion activities.

1/18/19: Students finished reading Warriors today. This is the last quiz!

1/17/19: We had a discussion about Link in chapter 16 today. Students then continued to make progress toward finishing the book.

1/16/19: Students continue to work at their own pace to finish the novel by the end of the week. At minimum, students should be through chapter 16 before they come in tomorrow. 15-16 quiz is available.

Students who are ahead had the option of working on their IRP.

1/15/19: Today was the last day for students to take the 13 - 14 quiz. Students continued to chapters 15 and 16. The chapter 15-16 quiz can be taken at the end of class tomorrow or beginning of class Thursday.

1/14/19: We continued Warriors from where the students left off Friday. Our goal is to finish by the end of class Friday.

1/11/19: Students read 13 - 14 and took the quiz.

1/10/19: Students finished the picture book activity in small groups and began reading chapters 13 - 14.

1/9/19: Students took the 9-12 quiz. We then looked at a picture book called Separate is Not Equal" and began a small group discussion activity.

1/8/19: Students completed chapter 12 today. There will be a 9 - 12 quiz tomorrow. Students who were finished early used the time to work on their IRPs or catch up on evidence collection in section 2 of their blue book.

1/7/19: We revisited the Historical Figures ppt to update people met in the next four chapters. Students then read and took notes. Our goal is to get to the end of chapter 12 by the start of class on Wednesday.

1/4/19: Most classes had to finish yesterday's discussions. We began chapters 9 and 10. The next check in will be Tuesday after chapter 12.

1/3/19: Students had some time to finish the prep work they began yesterday. We conducted our Socratic Circle discussions on chapter 7.

1/2/19: Welcome back! We refamiliarized ourselves with Warriors and did some prep work for a Socratic circle conversation tomorrow.

12/21/18: Students went to the media center for a reading day.

12/20/18: Field Trip.

12/19/18: Students finished chapter 8 and took the quiz.

12/18/18: We revisited the Historical Figures presentation to understand some more people we meet in chapters 5 - 8. Students continued with chapters 7 and 8.

12/17/18: Students read to the end of chapter 6 and took the quiz.

12/14/18: Students read chapter 5 and took notes. Students should be reflecting on their quiz results to improve their notes.

12/13/18: We had our first whole group discussion on the novel, focusing on Melba's decision to attend Central High.

12/12/18: Students completed reading and taking notes on chapters 3 and 4. Students who finished in class took the quiz.

12/11/18: We discussed the results of the practice quiz and modeled how to make adjustments to your notetaking based on your results.

I showed a few slides of a presentation about some of the specific historical figures of the chapter. This will continue to be updated as we progress.

Students began reading and taking notes on chapters 3 and 4.

12/10/18: We finished reading chapters 1 and 2 of Warriors today (sections of 2 were optional) and took a practice quiz to gauge the effectiveness of our notes.

If any student did not finish reading, they need to check out a Warriors book from my classroom!

12/7/18: We began reading Warriors Don't Cry today. Students set up blue books to take specific notes. Students should bring their blue books to class every day. Students have not yet received their own copy of Warriors, but will in the near future.

12/6/18: Students explored some resources in stations to learn more about the Civil Rights Movement.

Students chose an article to read about these issues today.

12/5/18: We completed the presentation on the history of the Civil Rights Movement.

12/4/18: We introduced some historical context for our first novel Warriors Don't Cry.

Bonus links (if we get to them):

A letter was sent home to parents about this book.

12/3/18: Students completed a peer revision and received an editing checklist.

11/30/18: We completed drafts of our Vulture's Flight assessment.

11/29/18: Students received details for the independent reading project for term 2. We looked at a model for an open response paragraph. Students began writing.

11/28/18: We shared some claims and went over the handout on selecting claims. Students completed a graphic organizer.

11/27/18: Students continued work on The Vulture's Flight, brainstorming and writing a claim.

11/26/18: We moved on to a common assessment today, looking to improve some things from our symbolism paragraphs. We talked about the purpose of the assignment and read the excerpt, called "The Vulture's Flight."

11/21/18: Grammar Quiz!

11/20/18: We practiced for tomorrow's quiz by playing American Grammar Warrior.

11/19/18: We moved on today to compound and complex sentences.

11/16/18: We practiced revising a paragraph that had fragments, comma splices, and fused sentences in it. We played a kahoot to review. Then, students took a quick "understanding check" - an ungraded test to check what they're getting so far in the unit. There will be a graded quiz on this material on Wednesday.

11/15/18: Most students had to finish the No Red Ink practice from yesterday. Some students moved on to paragraph revision.

11/14/18: We reviewed the grammar instruction from yesterday and finished the presentation. We began a practice on No Red Ink.

11/13/18: We will spend the next week fixing some common issues that came up in writing assignments. Students received notes today and we practiced finding complete and incomplete sentences in a google slides presentation.

11/9/18: Students who chose Option 1 did their short story test. Option 2 students finished their posters. Option 3 students worked on their stories.

11/8/18: Students continued working on their assessment.

11/7/18: Students began an assessment today, which will last through Friday.

11/5/18: Students submitted their projects and completed a reflection about the process. They completed an irony practice and some had time to read a bonus story to practice for their short story assessment.

Here are the answers to the irony practice, for student to review.

Students will get their Antaeus questions back on Wednesday. Here is an example of one that would receive full credit.

11/2/18: Students received their grades for their symbolism paragraphs. They had the remainder of the period to work on their independent reading projects.

11/1/18: We learned about irony and applied it to Charles.

10/31/18: We finished reading "Charles" and completed the "pizza" of literary terms.

10/30/18: We reviewed the six terms we have focused on this quarter before starting to read our final story, "Charles".

10/29/18: Most students needed more time on their FlipGrids. Students who were finished had time to work on their IRPs.

10/26/18: Students recorded their FlipGrids.

10/25/18: We talked about types of conflict today and related it to Antaeus. Students began planning for an assessment on FlipGrid, which they will complete tomorrow.

10/24/18: After recapping what we learned and read yesterday, students finished reading "Antaeus" and answered 5 deeper thinking questions.

10/23/18: Students learned the word "allusion" and read the first half of "Antaeus," which is an allusion to Greek mythology. Students completed an exit ticket with a prediction for the story based on this allusion and what they had read so far.

10/22/18: After attending the book fair, students completed a vocabulary activity with words from our next story, Antaeus.

10/19/18: Students had a catch-up day to finish their paragraphs or work on their projects.

10/18/18: Students used a revision and editing checklist to improve their paragraphs.

10/17/18: Students completed a peer review on a partner's graphic organizer. We then looked at a model of a well constructed paragraph. Students began writing their drafts on a doc through Classroom.

10/16/18: Students reviewed the entries on padlet and used the ideas to craft a claim. After their claim was approved, students began a graphic organizer. The back side of the organizer has a model.

10/15/18: We finished collecting data and added our symbolism ideas and best quotes to padlet (links on Google Classroom).

10/12/18: We began collecting data on symbols in "The Naming of Names."

10/11/18: We discussed the ending of "The Naming of Names" and did an activity about its theme. Most classes had time to check in about their independent reading projects.

10/10/18: We reviewed yesterday's section of "The Naming of Names" and students finished the story. They began a reflection, which they should complete for homework.

Reflection questions:

1. Which scene is the climax of this story? Justify your answer.

2. Did this story end happily for Harry? Why or why not?

3. Why was point of view relevant or important in this story?

Students can pick 2, or do all three for "stretch credit."

10/9/18: We reviewed what students had pulled out of "The Naming of Names" on Friday. Students continued reading to the bottom of 456.

10/5/18: We went over the students' notes from the section of "The Naming of Names" from yesterday. Students continued reading from page 450 - 452, adding to their plot mountains and "parking lots."

10/4/18: Students read the next section of "The Naming of Names" in partners, recapping after each break in the text.

10/3/18: We previewed vocabulary in our next story, "The Naming of Names" and used sketchnoting to talk about mood and point of view in the story.

10/2/18: Students presented their theme projects.

10/1/18: Students had time to practice their presentations with their groups. Some groups presented today. Other groups will present tomorrow. The grading checklist is here.

9/28/18: Students continued to work on the Bargain theme assignment. Some students had their first reading conference today.

9/27/18: Students began work on a theme assignment for Bargain. We will be working on these through Tuesday.

9/26/18: Students continued working on identifying the indirect characterization in "Bargain." They received their independent reading project guidelines and a planning calendar to help them break up the work.

9/25/18: Students began applying indirect characterization to the story "Bargain."

9/24/18: We reviewed what students did on Friday and began work on indirect characterization.

9/21/18: With the sub, students read the story "Bargain" in the Elements of Literature book and answered questions.

9/20/18: Students brainstormed what they know about point of view today, which we then reviewed together. In groups, students used a plot mountain to diagram and present a fairy tale or fable.

9/18/18: We had a class discussion about Home today based on the organizers.

9/17/18: Students were expected to finish the one paragraph response on Home. We also used an organizer to prepare for tomorrow's discussion.

9/14/18: We spent some time in the media center so all students could check out a book if they needed one. Students then continued their work on Home.

9/13/18: We began our first short story, which doubles as a pretest. Students read it and took notes based on these guidelines.

9/12/18: Students presented the creative parts of the 7th Grade Self assignment. All but one class began brainstorming what to look for in a short story.

9/11/18: We talked about some English class systems and set up binders. This is our last class period on the My 7th Grade Self assignment.

9/7/18: Students saw a model of a creative assignment to go with "My 7th Grade Self." We will continue one more class period on these. They should be turned in by Wednesday 9/12.

9/6/18: Students joined the Google Classroom site and continued working on "My 7th Grade Self." To stay on track, most students should have finished their letter and started the creative piece.

9/5/18: We learned some classroom routines today and began an assignment called "My 7th Grade Self." We will be working on this the rest of the week.


3/22/19: All students should be finished reading The Giver.

3/21/19: All students should be finished reading their IRP book by tomorrow.

3/20/19: None.

3/19/19: None.

3/18/19: None.

3/15/19: None.

3/14/19: None.

3/13/19: None.

3/12/19: Finish your memory story on Google Classroom.

3/11/19: None.

3/8/19: None.

3/7/19: None.

3/6/19: None.

3/5/19: None.

3/1/19: All students should be done reading chapter 6.

2/28/19: None.

2/27/19: None.

2/26/19: None.

2/25/19: None.

2/15/19: None.

2/14/19: Essays are due by the end of class tomorrow.

2/13/19: Essays are due to Google Classroom by Friday 2/15.

2/12/19: Essays are due to Google Classroom by Friday 2/15.

2/11/19: Your essay is due to Google Classroom by Friday 2/15.

2/8/19: All students need to be prepared for peer editing on Monday. All body paragraphs must be drafted!

2/7/19: None

2/6/19: None

2/5/19: Finish one body paragraph.

2/4/19: Finish all organizers!

2/1/19: None

1/31/19: None

1/30/19: Step 2 must be completed. Tonight is the last opportunity to do the extra credit assignment explained below.

1/29/19: Extra Credit due Thursday: Add quotes to Padlet. For every three quotes you add, you get one point on your term grade. You can add a maximum of three quotes to each padlet (so a max of 3 points added - the equivalent of a third of a letter grade).

Padlet 1

Padlet 2

Padlet 3

1/28/19: None

1/25/19: None

1/24/19: None

1/23/19: None

1/22/19: IRPs due tomorrow!

1/18/19: Finish reading the book (including the epilogue).

IRPs due Wednesday!

1/17/19: IRPs due Wednesday!

1/16/19: Finish chapter 16.

IRPs due next Wednesday!

1/15/19: IRPs due one week from tomorrow!

1/14/19: Read through chapter 14.

1/11/19: None.

1/10/19: None.

1/9/19: IRPs are due in 2 weeks!

1/8/19: Finish chapter 12 with notes.

1/7/19: IRPs due 1/23 (See link under Reminders)

1/4/19: None.

1/3/19: None.

1/2/19: None.

12/21/18: None.

12/20/18: None.

12/19/18: None. There is a field trip tomorrow. Optional for Friday: bring a small pillow or stuffed animal for comfy reading in the media center during English.

12/18/18: Students who were not to page 80 were advised to take a book home to catch up.

12/17/18: Finish reading chapter 6 if you did not finish in class.

12/14/18: None.

12/13/18: None.

12/12/18: Finish reading and taking notes on chapters 3 and 4 . Do not take the quiz. You'll take it in class tomorrow.

12/11/18: None.

12/10/18: Finish today's classwork. All students must be ready to begin chapter 3 tomorrow.

12/7/18: None.

12/6/18: None.

12/5/18: None.

12/4/18: None.

12/3/18: Finish your Vulture's Flight assignment and submit it to Google Classroom.

11/29/18: None.

11/28/18: Finish the graphic organizer for your Vulture's Flight paragraph.

11/27/18: None.

11/26/18: None.

11/21/18: None.

11/20/18: None.

11/19/18: None.

11/16/18: None. If there is unfinished work from this week, we will catch up on Monday.

11/15/18: None.

11/14/18: None.

11/13/18: None.

11/9/18: Option 3 students may continue working on their short stories. Option 2 students can finish their posters over the weekend if they need more time.

11/8/18: None.

11/7/18: None.

11/5/18: None.

11/2/18: IRP due Monday!

11/1/18: IRP due Monday!

10/31/18: IRP due Monday!

10/30/18: IRP due Monday!

10/29/18: IRPs are due Monday!

10/25/18: None.

10/24/18: If you did not finish your Antaeus questions, please do so.

10/23/18: None.

10/22/18: None.

10/19/18: None. Students who did not finish their paragraphs should do so ASAP and turn them in to Google Classroom.

10/18/18: Do your best to finish the final draft of your paragraph. They are due at the end of class Friday, so if you need class time, you can use it. Those who do not need class time to finish will have a "catch up" day where they can work on missed assignments, work on their Independent Reading project, or have a directed study.

10/17/18: Finish a draft of your symbolism paragraph. Note: Yellow is a day behind. They should be working on their graphic organizer.

10/16/18: Complete the graphic organizer. Note: Yellow class should NOT do the homework due to the fire alarm malfunction.

10/15/18: None

10/12/18: None

10/11/18: None

10/10/18: Finish the reflection you began in class.

10/9/18: None

10/5/18: None

10/4/18: None

10/3/18: None

10/2/18: None

10/1/18: If your group has not yet finished your Bargain theme presentation, finish for homework.

9/28/18: None

9/27/18: None

9/26/18: None

9/25/18: None

9/24/18: None

9/21/18: None

9/20/18: None

9/18/18: None

9/17/18: Finish your one paragraph response if you were unable to in class.

9/13/18: None

9/12/18: None

9/11/18: If you were not able to finish My 7th Grade Self in class (link under Classwork 9/5), please finish at home. All digital work (including the letter) should be submitted to Classroom. Any creative parts done on paper can be turned into the bins.

9/7/18: Summer Reading and Supplies due Tuesday

9/6/18: Summer Reading and Supplies due Tuesday

9/5/18: Summer Reading and Supplies due Tuesday


Q3 IRP Guidelines have been distributed. All students must have a second conference by April 5th (by March 29th is preferred).

The best day to see me after school is Thursday. If you need to see me before school, please see me the day before for a pass.

Reach me by email at jfernandes@arlington.k12.ma.us